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Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun in Tampa

City of Oldsmar 2015 Freedom Fest
Time: 5-11 p.m. (Fri.), 12-11 p.m. (Sat.) & 12-10 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Friday, May 22, 2015 through Sunday, May 24, 2015
Location: State Street, Downtown Oldsmar
Cost: $2/person, FREE for children age 12 and younger.
Register/Info: (813) 855-4233; Visit the City of Oldsmar Freedom Fest website for a daily schedule of events.

What’s Doing?
For the 6th consecutive year, the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting Freedom Fest right on State Street in Oldsmar. This three day event features live music, food, and arts and craft vendors, and a Kid’s Zone with family fun activities.

Address:
Downtown Oldsmar
100 State Street West
Oldsmar, FL 34677

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Sunset Cinema at Pier 60
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 449-1036; Visit the Pier 60 website for a complete listing of movies showing May-June.

What’s Doing?
Bring blankets or low lawn chairs and catch a FREE movie on a jumbo sized screen. Showing this weekend:
– Friday, May 22: Annie (PG)
– Saturday, May 23: The Cobbler (PG-13)

Note: Movies begin at dusk.

Address:
Pier 60
10 Pier 60 Drive
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

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19th Annual Young Anglers Fishing Tournament
Time: 7 a.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Hubbard’s Marina & the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant
Cost: $15/child (age 5 and younger) and $25/child (age 6-15). This event benefits Madeira Beach Fundamental School.
Register/Info: (727) 393-1947; Visit the Hubbard’s Marina & the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant website for more details.

What’s Doing?
(Age 15 and younger) Avid young anglers are invited to fish from catwalks, the waterfront patio, the beach, the jetty, and private boats in this annual fishing contest with prizes. All registered anglers get a complimentary food, bait bucket with shrimp, a bag filled with fishing goodies and a raffle ticket.

19th Annual Young Anglers Fishing Tournament

Address:
Hubbard’s Marina & the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant
170 John’s Pass Boardwalk
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

19th Annual Young Anglers Fishing Tournament flyer image courtesy of John’s Pass Historic Fishing Village & Boardwalk

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Memorial Day Summer Kick-Off
Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Airport Farmer’s & Flea Market
Cost: Admission & Parking is always FREE
Register/Info: (352) 796-0268; Visit the Airport Farmer’s Market & Flea Market Facebook page for more information.

What’s Doing?
The Airport Farmers & Flea Market is gearing up for a great Memorial Day Weekend Summer Kick Off! To honor those who have died in military service, the market is planning live radio broadcasts, a Marine Corps League salute, live music, a watermelon seed spitting contest, dunk tank, bounce house, cornhole games, giveaways and food trucks.

Address:
Airport Farmer’s & Flea Market
17375 Spring Hill Drive
Brooksville, FL 34604

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Memorial Day Weekend at The Florida Aquarium
Time: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015 through Monday, May 25, 2015
Location: The Florida Aquarium
Cost: Special pricing for members of the military and their families. See details below.
Register/Info: (813) 273-4000; Visit The Florida Aquarium website.

What’s Doing?
This Memorial Day weekend, any active duty, veteran, retired or drilling reservist or National Guard members of military will receive two free admissions to the Aquarium. Up to four family members can also receive a special $10 per person Aquarium admission price.

NOTE: This offer must be redeemed with a valid military ID at The Florida Aquarium Ticket Office.

Address:
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

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Teddy Bear Tea Party
Time: 10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Dunedin Community Center
Cost: $8 per child, parents are FREE.
Register/Info: (727) 812-4530; Visit the City of Dunedin website.

What’s Doing?
(Age 1-5) Little ones are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to this party with crafts, story time, snacks, and a guest speaker from Build-a-Bear.

Address:
Dunedin Community Center
1920 Pinehurst Road
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Sweetfields Farm Spring Maze
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 3 p.m.)
Date: Weekends beginning Saturday, May 2, 2015, plus Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). Last weekend is June 6-7, 2015.
Location: Sweetfields Farm Inc.
Cost: $9.50 + tax per adult, $5 + tax per child age 3-11, and FREE for children age 2y and younger. Additional costs: Produce (u-pick or fresh gathered), food/drinks, Launcher (3 shots for $2), animal feed (sometimes available for purchase).
Tickets/Info: (352) 279-0977; Visit the Sweetfields Farm website for a map of the maze and more details.

What’s Doing?
Bring the family to explore Sweetfields Farm’s 2015 Sunflower Maze, plus enjoy additional kid-friendly activities at the farm. Your admission includes: The maze, the hayride, visit with the animals, duck race, picnic area, web maze, craft and play area. Bring your camera to participate in the Digital Scavenger Hunt between 12-2 p.m.

NOTE: Children must be supervised by an adult while at the Farm.

Sweetfields Farm Spring Maze 2015 Flyer

Address:
Sweetfields Farm Inc.
17250 Benes Roush Road
Brooksville, FL 34604

Sweetfields Farm Spring Maze 2015 Flyer image courtesy of Sweetfields Farm Inc.

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Summer Safety Kick-off
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: See schedule below.
Location: Great Explorations Children’s Museum
Cost: $10 per person, $9 per senior, and little ones age 1 and younger are FREE.
Register/Info: (727) 821-8992; Visit the Great Explorations website.

What’s Doing?
Kick off your summer safely at Great Ex with create-your-own UV bracelets, sun visors, and sun-safe paper dolls during this safety festival with crafts, science activities, and story times. Children will also be able to challenge their friends in the sun relay races!

– May 22: Don’t Fry Day (Learn about sun-safety)

– May 23: Prudential will be providing ID a Kid kits for families free of charge!

– May 24-26: Summer crafts and activities!

Address:
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
1925 4th Street North
St Petersburg, FL 33704

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Dollar Day Splash
Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Fossil Park Pool
Cost: $1
Register/Info: (727) 893-7732; Visit the Fossil Park Pool website.

What’s Doing?
All city pools in St. Petersburg open on Memorial Day weekend. Bring your family to swim for just $1 per person.

Address:
Fossil Park Pool
6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

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End of School Splash/Bash!
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Christ Presbyterian Church
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 584-8695; Visit the Christ Presbyterian Church website.

What’s Doing?
Bring the whole family to cool down and celebrate the end of the school year during this Memorial Day Weekend festival featuring a slide board, bounce houses with water and water slides, water games, sack races and free hot dogs, chips and watermelon. The One Blood blood mobile will be on site.

Address:
Christ Presbyterian Church
3115 Dryer Avenue SW
Largo, FL 33770

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1st Annual Public Works BBQ Cook-Off
Time: 3-10 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: England Brothers Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 584-8695; Visit the City of Pinellas Park website for a schedule of entertainment.

What’s Doing?
Enjoy the City of Pinellas Park Public Works 1st Annual BBQ Cook-Off! The day will include a BBQ Cook-Off with local amateur competitors. (Contestants can either enter Pork Butts, Ribs or both.) Plus, festivities will include live entertainment, fireworks, children’s rides, bounce houses, bubble runner, and more.

Address:
England Brothers Park
5010 81st Avenue North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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Memorial Day Water Ski Show
Time: 6 p.m. (Pre-show begins at 5:30 p.m.)
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Tower Lake
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (813) 917-8354; Visit the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team website.

What’s Doing?
Skiers ages 6-60 perform a patriotic show in honor of Memorial Day. These theatrical water shows are similar to those seen at Cypress Gardens. All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts.

Address:
Tower Lake
130 Burbank Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677

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Michaels Kids Club Flag CraftKIDS CLUB®: Red White & Blue Craft Stick Flags
Time:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Participating Michaels stores
Cost: $2 per child per 30-minute session. Registration is required.
Register/Info: See a store associate to register, or sign up on the Michaels website.

What’s Doing?
(Age 3+) Kids can make a flag for Memorial Day with craft sticks.

Address:
Find a Michaels store near you.

Kids Club Flag Craft image courtesy of Michaels

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Lakeshore Leanring Store Memorial Day Flag CraftMemorial Day Flag
Time:
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Lakeshore Learning Store
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Visit the Lakeshore Learning Store website.

What’s Doing?
(Age 3+) Kids can make a flag for Memorial Day.

Address:
Find a Lakeshore Learning Store store near you.

Memorial Day Flag Craft image courtesy of Lakeshore Learning Materials

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Harrison’s Fourth Annual Lemonade Stand
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Date: Sunday, May 24, 2015
Location: Art Monkey
Cost: Donations are appreciated.
Register/Info: Visit the Harrison’s Fourth Annual Lemonade Stand page on the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation website.

What’s Doing?
Wear your bathing suit and enjoy cupcakes and lemonade before splashing around in the Park Square fountains. Donations benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for children with cancer.

Address:
Art Monkey
16114 Churview Drive, Ste. 103
Lithia, FL 33547

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Memorial Day at Lowry Park Zoo
Time: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: Monday, May 25, 2015
Location: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Cost: Admission is FREE for military (active-duty, retirees and veterans) and up to three direct dependents. (Restrictions apply). Parking is FREE.
Register/Info: (813) 935-8552; Visit the Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo website.

What’s Doing?
In honor of Memorial Day, members of the military (active-duty, retirees and veterans) and up to three direct dependents are invited to visit the Zoo for FREE on May 25. The military member will need to show a valid military photo ID at the Zoo’s ticket windows.

NOTE: Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult with a valid military I.D. must accompany minors. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. No rain checks.

Address:
Lowry Park Zoo
1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

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IKEA Tampa Kids Academy IconIKEA Kids Academy
Time:
11 a.m.-12 p.m. & 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Date: Sunday, May 25, 2015
Location: IKEA Tampa
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: Visit the IKEA Tampa website.

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to IKEA this Memorial Day to decorate a cupcake. All participants will enjoy a FREE activity, and receive a FREE kids meal and FREE Kids Academy t-shirt (on their first visit).

Note: meal, activity and t-shirt offer valid for children 12 and under, while supplies last. Valid at IKEA Tampa only. No adult purchase necessary. Choose from 3 combo meals that are available from 11 am to 8:30 p.m. One meal per child; dine-in only. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Address:
IKEA Tampa
1103 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

IKEA Kids Academy image courtesy of Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

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American Flag image courtesy of nirots / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Cinderella Royal Tea Party at My Fairytale Forest

Castle from multi-colored cubes

Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015 Location: My Fairytale Forest Cost: $15/child, $7.50/adult. Tickets will not available at the door. Purchase tickets online. Register/Info: (813) 654-9474; Visit the My Fairytale Forest Facebook page. What’s Doing? Children will interact with Cinderella as part of a small private group. Imagine the conversations they will […]

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School’s Out: FREE and Cheap Summer Fun in 2015!

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Summer fun is just around the corner — family vacations, the opportunity to take full advantage of our annual passes to amusement parks and museums, and of course days filled with summer camp fun. It’s a glorious time of year for all of us! It can also add up to be an expensive time of […]

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Welcome Back the Peach Milkshake with a Fun Family Event at Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza

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Welcome Back Peach Party! Time: 5:30-7 p.m. Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Location: Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza Cost: Activities are FREE. Food is available for purchase at regular menu prices. Register/Info: (813) 286-0534; Visit the Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza Facebook page or website. What’s Doing? Chick-fil-A at WestShore Plaza is bringing back the Peach Milkshake with a […]

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Pirate Night at Chick-fil-A Waters Ave.

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Location: Chick-fil-A, Waters Ave. Cost: Activities are FREE. Food is available for purchase at regular menu prices. Register/Info: (813) 880-0808; Visit the Chick-fil-A, Waters Ave. Facebook page. What’s Doing? There will be a treasure hunt and Frosted Lemonade samples guaranteed to shiver ye timbers. Even Better! Any […]

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Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure at The Straz

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Time: 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 Location: Straz Center for the Performing Arts (Ferguson Hall) Cost: Tickets are $25-$35. Tickets/Info: (813) 229-STAR (7827); Straz Center Website What’s Doing? Dinosaur Train – LIVE! Buddy’s Big Adventure embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. Come join […]

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Happy Healthy Spine’s Family Fun Day

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Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015 Location: Cost: FREE (There will be a donation station set up for CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse). Guests are asked to bring new or used clothes, household goods, etc. to donate. Click here for more information about CASA.) Register/Info: (727) 767-0564; For more details, visit Happy […]

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Beazer Homes Grand Opening at Avalon Park West

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Time: 12-4 p.m. Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015 Location: Avalon Park West Cost: FREE Register/Info: RSVP by calling (813) 422-5549. Visit the Avalon Park West website. What’s Doing? Beazer Homes’ Public Grand Opening! There will be a food truck rally, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce house, rock wall, face painting, DJ, and a dance floor. […]

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Rotary Day Tampa Bay: World’s Largest Traveling Children’s Book at the Florida State Fair

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Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 Location: Florida State Fairgrounds Cost: The event is FREE. Florida State Fairgrounds charges $6 for parking. Register/Info: Visit the Rotary Day Tampa Bay website for more details. What’s Doing? Come one, come all to Rotary Day at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Marvel at the magician, goggle […]

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Cyclovia Tampa Bay 2015

Butterfly Bicycle

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015 Location: On 56th Street from Whiteway Drive to Busch Blvd. Cost: FREE to attend; Food and drinks available for purchase Register/Info: Cyclovia website. What’s Doing? Address: On 56th Street between Whiteway Drive and Busch Blvd. Bike image courtesy of africa / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Cyclovia flyer image courtesy […]

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